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Businesses, 1st responders honored at Prism Ceremony

There was a new consideration to be taken in by judges when determining who to honor at the annual Eastern Maumee Chamber of Commerce Prism Award ceremony at Sunrise Park and Banquet Center in Millbury.

An EF4 tornado had torn its way across the community on June 5, 2010, killing at least seven, destroying business and homes, and leaving a path of devastation from Moline, through Millbury, and into Ottawa County.

The Prism judges awarded plaques to Main Street Church, Lake Township Fire Chief Todd Walters, Police Chief Mark Hummer, the Northwood VFW Ladies Auxiliary, and Adams Screen Printing for efforts involved in first response, coming to the aid of responders and victims, and for fundraising efforts.

Contract for fire station design awarded  
Feller, Finch and Associates, Inc., Maumee, has been awarded a contract for architectural and engineering services for the construction of a new fire station and headquarters for the Allen-Clay Joint Fire District.

The district’s board of trustees awarded the $87,400 contract during a special meeting last week.

The district’s current headquarters is located at the site: 3155 N. Genoa-Clay Center Road.

The new building will cover 12,500 square feet and will house administrative offices, living quarters for on-duty crews, a training room, and vehicles and equipment in the current station Number 2.

Oregon City Council earlier this month authorized the mayor and finance director to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority to create a building improvement project designed to save energy and improve the environmental performance of city owned buildings.

The matter was discussed at a Drainage, Roads, Buildings, and Lands Committee meeting just before the council meeting on March 14.

Administrator Mike Beazley said the agreement “is an essential step for the city to get a better handle on the energy costs and consumption issues with our own buildings.”

Oregon City Council at a meeting on March 14 voted to increase the speed limit on Otter Creek Road to 45 mph from 35 mph.

“Raising the speed limit also raises the level of safety,” said Councilman James Seaman. “That’s something different than what most people think because of the way the road is wide open and so well paved. People have a  tendency to go faster than the 35 mph speed limit. I think this will move towards a safer environment for our drivers in Oregon.”

The road was reconstructed with new asphalt last year as part of an upgrade to the existing deteriorating concrete pavement.

While you were shoveling snow from your driveway and dreaming of Florida or the Caribbean Islands, Evie Wakulenko was mushing through the middle of Alaska through white-outs and sub-zero temperatures.

And she was enjoying herself.

Wakulenko, a graduate of Genoa High School and Bowling Green State University, completed the Serum Run, which commemorates the efforts of sled-dog teams in 1925 that relayed diphtheria serum to residents of Nome, Alaska.

This year’s start in Nenana, Alaska began Feb. 20 and Wakulenko arrived in Nome – a distance of about 800 miles – on March 14.

“We were late four days due to weather in the beginning and a snow machine that wouldn’t start at 35 below in Tanana. The mushers really depend on the snowmachiners to haul the heavy gear between villages so we need them all,” she said.

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